Forming part of the Puyallup Indian Reservation, Fife is a bustling suburb in south-east Tacoma. It hugs the north bank of the Puyallup River and has evolved from a berry-growing district into a residential and commercial hub, with a great community park and an abundance of retail stores among its attractions.
Things to do in Fife
Take a step back in time at the Fife History Museum and Cultural Center, which occupies the 1950s home of former councilman, Louis Dacca. It showcases everyday artefacts, historic photos and documents that bring the past to life, with the retro kitchen among its most popular exhibits. The complex hosts the annual Fife Community Car Show where you can get up close to vintage vehicles of various makes and models.
Near the Fife History Museum and Cultural Center is Brookville Gardens Community Park, which occupies the site of a historic farm. With a natural creek flowing through it, tree-lined walking trails and a well-maintained children’s playground, the park is a popular recreational setting. There are several picnic shelters available for rent, as well as barbecue facilities.
Fife is a convenient base for exploring Tacoma, which is home to the interactive exhibits of the Washington State History Museum. At the Tacoma Art Museum, you’ll find everything from Japanese woodblock prints to European Impressionist paintings, as well as works by artists from the Pacific Northwest. Also not to miss is the Museum of Glass where you can get up close to pieces by legendary glass artist, Dale Chihuly.
Getting around Fife
Fife is around 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tacoma and 30 minutes from Seattle. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 25 minutes away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Buses travel through Fife and connect to most of its attractions.